Sunday, 12 March 2023
West Ham United
Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟨
The London Stadium
Another deeply suspect refereeing performance mars the game as Chris Kavanagh and VAR collude to award West Ham an equalising penalty before denying Villa their own stonewall spot kick.
Assist(s) | Álex Moreno | 17’ |
Chris Kavanagh, another troubling performance.
⚽ | 17’ Goal, 1-0, Ollie Watkins, Assist by Álex Moreno
🥅 | 25’ Goal, 1-1, (West Ham United, pen), Saïd Benrahma
🕒 | HT West Ham United 1-1 Aston Villa
🔁 | 64’ Sub off, Álex Moreno, Sub on, Lucas Digne
🔁 | 64’ Sub off, Leon Bailey, Sub on, Bertrand Traoré
💥 | 73’ VAR fails to award a penalty to Villa for a clear foul in the box
🔁 | 80’ Sub off, Emiliano Buendía, Sub on, Jhon Durán
🔁 | 80’ Sub off, Matty Cash, Sub on, Ashley Young
🔁 | 85’ Sub off, Ollie Watkins, Sub on, Calum Chambers
🕒 | FT West Ham United 1-1 Aston Villa
ON THIS DAY
Villa’s World Cup winning goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez makes his 100th appearance for the club since joining from Arsenal in September 2020. Martínez played just 15 League games for his former club between 2012 and 2020. Made in Aston, Conquered the World. Congratulations Emi.
European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96
West Ham United
European Cup / Champions League: ❌
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 🏆
League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: 1979-80
West Ham United
Previous 5 vs. West Ham: 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟥
Season | 2022-23 |
Matchday | #29 |
League Game | #26 |
Manager Game | #15 |
Sunday, 12 March 2023
Attendance | 62,472 |
Manager: Unai Emery | 🇪🇸 | Hondarribia, 2022-
Referee: Chris Kavanagh | 🏴 | Ashton-under-Lyne, 2014-
Kick off: 2.00pm
Half Time Score: 🟨 1-1
Full Time Result: 🟨 Drew
Full Time Score: 🟨 1-1
Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟨
Referee: Chris Kavanagh | 🏴 | Ashton-under-Lyne, 2014- 🆘
Previous 5: 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 13 Nov 22, Villa 2-1 Brighton (a) 🆘
Assistants: James Mainwaring, Wade Smith.
Fourth official: Darren England.
VAR: Michael Salisbury.
Assistant VAR: Scott Ledger.
Boubacar Kamara’s nasty injury - inflicted by Palace thug Cheick Doucouré - rules him out as he is replaced by the often underwhelming Leon Bailey in a formation change. Bailey, who is showing all the signs of a problem player - over-inflated ego, poor on-pitch performances, poor off-field behaviour - is a lucky boy indeed to be recalled.
In happier news, Diego Carlos makes his first squad appearance since August following his Achilles injury suffered on his home debut whilst once again Unai Emery chooses to name two ‘keepers on the bench rather than expose the Villa Youth at this stage of their development.
The other big news is Danny Ings lines up for West Ham and their is not a scintilla of doubt that he will add to his record of five goals in his last seven against Villa.
Starting XI Average Age: | 26.88 |
Bench Average Age: | 28.30 |
Squad Average Age: | 27.59 |
Subs Average Age: | 28.46 |
Oldest Starter: GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 | 30.54 |
Youngest Starter: M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴 | 21.80 |
Oldest Squad Player: RB Ashley Young | 🏴 | 37.70 |
Youngest Squad Player: CF Jhon Durán | 🇨🇴 | 19.26 |
Oldest Substitute: RB Ashley Young | 🏴 | 37.70 |
Youngest Substitute: CF Jhon Durán | 🇨🇴 | 19.26 |
Unai Emery | 🇪🇸 |
David Moyes | 🏴 |
GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 |
LB Álex Moreno | 🇪🇸 |🔥| 🔁 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴 |
RB Matty Cash | 🇵🇱 | 🔁 |
M John McGinn | 🏴 |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴 |
W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | 🔁 |
W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | 🔁 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴 | ⚽ | 🔁 |
West Ham United
GK Alphonse Areola | 🇫🇷 |
LB Emerson | 🇮🇹 |
CB Thilo Kehrer | 🇩🇪 |
CB Nayef Aguerd | 🇲🇦 |
CB Kurt Zouma | 🇫🇷 |
M Tomas Soucek | 🇨🇿 |
M Lucas Paquetá | 🇧🇷 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
M Declan Rice | 🏴 |
W Saïd Benrahma | 🇩🇿 | ⚽ |
W Jarrod Bowen | 🏴 |
CF Danny Ings (ex) | 🏴 | 🔁 |
🔁 | LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 | for LB Álex Moreno | 🇪🇸 | 64’ |
🔁 | W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 | for W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | 64’ |
🔁 | CF Jhon Durán | 🇨🇴 | for W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | 80’ |
🔁 | RB Ashley Young | 🏴 | for RB Matty Cash | 🇵🇱 | 80’ |
🔁 | CB Calum Chambers | 🏴 | for CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴 | 85’ |
🔁 | M Pablo Fornals | 🇪🇸 | for M Lucas Paquetá | 🇧🇷 | 76’ |
🔁 | W Maxwell Cornet | 🇨🇮 | for CF Danny Ings (ex) | 🏴 | 86’ |
GK Viljami Sinisalo | 🇫🇮 |
GK Robin Olsen | 🇸🇪 |
CB Diego Carlos | 🇧🇷 |
GK Joseph Anang | 🏴 |
CB Angelo Ogbonna | 🇮🇹 |
RB Ben Johnson | 🏴 |
LB Aaron Cresswell | 🏴 |
M Manuel Lanzini | 🇦🇷 |
M Flynn Downes | 🏴 |
CF Gianluca Scamacca | 🇮🇹 |
1st XI Cost: £185.75m
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 6/11
Subs Cost: £58.21m
Team Cost: £243.96m
Squad Cost: £275.01m
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 8/20
GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 | £19.58m |
GK Robin Olsen | 🇸🇪 | £3.15m |
GK Viljami Sinisalo | 🇫🇮 | Free |
LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 | £27.00m |
RB Matty Cash | 🇵🇱 | £14.18m |
LB Álex Moreno | 🇪🇸 | £12.00m |
RB Ashley Young | 🏴 | Free |
CB Diego Carlos | 🇧🇷 | £27.90m |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴 | £20.60m |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴 | £11.97m |
CB Calum Chambers | 🏴 | Free |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | £15.12m |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴 | Youth |
M John McGinn | 🏴 | £2.79m |
W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | £34.56m |
W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | £28.80m |
W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 | £16.56m |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴 | £27.72m |
CF Jhon Durán | 🇨🇴 | £14.65m |
Astonishingly, West Ham United (18th) field a squad costing over £300m behind only Newcastle United (6th), Arsenal (1st), Liverpool (5th), Chelsea (10th), Manchester United (3rd) and Manchester City (2nd).
1st XI Cost: £191.70m
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 3/11
Subs Cost: £43.83m
Team Cost: £235.53
Squad Cost: £302.50m
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 7/20
GK Alphonse Areola | 🇫🇷 | Free |
GK Joseph Anang | 🏴 | Youth |
LB Emerson | 🇮🇹 | £13.86m |
LB Aaron Cresswell | 🏴 | £4.28m |
RB Ben Johnson | 🏴 | Youth |
CB Nayef Aguerd | 🇲🇦 | £31.00m |
CB Kurt Zouma | 🇫🇷 | £31.50m |
CB Angelo Ogbonna | 🇮🇹 | £9.90m |
CB Thilo Kehrer | 🇩🇪 | £10.80m |
M Lucas Paquetá | 🇧🇷 | £38.00m |
M Pablo Fornals | 🇪🇸 | £25.20m |
M Tomas Soucek | 🇨🇿 | £14.58m |
M Manuel Lanzini | 🇦🇷 | £10.80m |
M Flynn Downes | 🏴 | £9.59m |
M Declan Rice | 🏴 | Youth |
W Saïd Benrahma | 🇩🇿 | £20.79m |
W Jarrod Bowen | 🏴 | £19.17m |
W Maxwell Cornet | 🇨🇮 | £18.63m |
CF Gianluca Scamacca | 🇮🇹 | £32.40m |
CF Danny Ings | 🏴 | £12.00m |
Injury | 4 |
GK Jed Steer | 🏴 | Achilles
M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | Muscle
M Leander Dendoncker | 🇧🇪 | Domestic Accident
M Boubacar Kamara | 🇫🇷 | Ankle
Unregistered | 1 |
CB Kortney Hause | 🏴 |
Out On Loan | 12 |
M Finn Azaz | 🏴 | Plymouth
CF Wesley | 🇧🇷 | Levante
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | 🏴 | Cardiff
CF Keinan Davis | 🏴 | Watford
FB Ben Chrisene | 🏴 | Kilmarnock
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴 | QPR
CF Cameron Archer | 🏴 | Middlesbrough
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 | Strasbourg
CF Louie Barry | 🏴 | Salford City
M Aaron Ramsey | 🏴 | Middlesbrough
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 | Luton Town
CB Lamare Bogarde | 🇳🇱 | Bristol Rovers
GK : Goalkeeper
LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back
CB, D : Centre Back, Defender
M, W : Midfielder. Winger
F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game
⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution
🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
Possession F | 59%
Possession A | 41%
Shots F | 12
Shots A | 17
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 6
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 13
Fouls F | 6
Fouls A | 8
“We won our last two matches but we can be better. Our next step is to be in the top 10.
“We want to improve and to be dominant in the idea I want to create. Our focus is how we can play and manage the 90 minutes ourselves. We then have to adapt to the tactical way of our opponents.
“We controlled the game better in the first half. We got to their box with good combinations but they attacked well with their wingers and we had to be careful of that.
“It was a good point, we prefer to win, but at the end it’s fine.
“They had 12 corners and it’s difficult to defend every corner.
“I am happy because we know before the match it was going to be difficult. After 90 minutes and the first half we deserved more. We controlled the game. We scored the first goal but they pushed us as well and had chances. The second half was a little bit more open than I wanted. We were controlling very well but maybe there was a moment to score and win the match. It’s probably a fair result.
“I’ve watched [the penalty decision for West Ham] and I respect the referees 100 per cent but my opinion is that it’s very soft.
“I didn’t watch [our stronger case for a penalty]. I didn’t watch the possible penalty with Buendia.
“We played against a good team who are under pressure to escape from the bottom. I played one time here and lost. Villa played here in the last matches and lost. We could have been more consistent with ball possession, trying to take our time. I think we can improve and can progress. “
“First half, in four or five progressing we did with the idea we are creating. We deserved more but we did a lot of things very good. But we also have to improve. We missed building up which we’ll try to do.
“The result is positive. We are keeping the distance from those at the bottom. Next week we will play a key match and how we go into the last few matches into the season.
“The second is, if we’re winning like we have been, we can face the teams in the top 10 so we can get them. The opportunities are coming again on Saturday.
“Today we lost that opportunity to be clearly closer to the top 10 teams. Next week is the same preparation. We’re at home to Bournemouth and I’m excited. We want to improve on some tactical issues we’re working on.
“We have to avoid the opponent when they attack with the winger. It was the same at Everton. We did better there but, today, we corrected it. In minute 30 we spoke with Alex Moreno and in the dressing room and we corrected it.
“I think we did better but, of course, they are trying with two very good wingers with Benrahma and Bowen to try and attack us from there and they did. “
“More or less, we did better than worse.
“Of course, hopefully [Ollie Watkins can continue his goalscoring run]! I think he’s competitive himself. He’s practicing every day trying to learn and do more work than the team is demanding.
“Individually he’s working, watching videos and trying to practice a lot scoring and doing individual movement in the box.
“Of course, this is the good spirit to improve. He is very demanding every day. He’s scoring because he’s a good striker and we have to help him trying to get him in the box. He’s helping the team. He’s the first line of defence. He’s doing a competitive job.
“Yes… Sometimes I’m being demanding with him [to stay in the box]. I try to improve in the small spaces to move better and to be in the box, being more efficient. His movement and his comfort with the ball. That is his improvement. He’s demanding and critical of himself. He’s listening.
“He’s not injured. We have to push and help with Jhon Duran to add impact. He had two small chances. I have to use the players in 90 minutes trying to give them the possibility to help us. That is the reason [Ollie Watkins was taken off on 85’]
“Leon Bailey… He’s playing in his best position in the squad and we’re speaking to him, trying to improve and to use his characteristic getting wide, one-on-one and sometimes playing more between a No.7 and No.9.
“He can have better moments and I told him before the match that, sometimes, to play a brilliant match is not only offensively but sometimes defensively. We will need to do it and our performances away before this match were winning four from five. Today we drew. That is very good performances. Basically it’s because defensively we’re very committed with everybody.”
Sunday, 12 March 2023
**West Ham earned a point against Aston Villa which saw David Moyes’ struggling side move out of the Premier League relegation places on goal difference.**
Villa striker Ollie Watkins continued his impressive form as he broke the deadlock with a 17th-minute header from left-back Alex Moreno’s sublime cross for his sixth goal in seven games.
The lively Said Benrahma took his opportunity to respond for the hosts from the penalty spot nine minutes later, firing his spot-kick out of reach of World Cup winner Emiliano Martinez after Leon Bailey’s foul on Lucas Paqueta.
Benrahma was the standout attacking threat on either side at London Stadium but the winger saw a powerful strike from distance tipped over by Martinez in the second half among his match-leading 10 shots on goal.
Denied again by Ashley Young’s last-ditch block the Algeria international was unable to inspire the hosts to victory - although the point was enough to take West Ham above Bournemouth, who beat Liverpool on Saturday, to 17th in the standings.
Aston Villa, whose appeals for a penalty of their own were dismissed by the video assistant referee following Declan Rice’s challenge on Emiliano Buendia, remain 11th.
The pressure is building on Moyes to prove he can steer West Ham to safety and the urgent need for the Hammers to begin adding to their six wins this season was reinforced by victories for relegation rivals Bournemouth and Everton a day earlier.
Those results saw the Hammers - who have slipped a long way from the heights of securing European football in successive seasons - drop into the bottom three with a third of the season remaining, despite an outlay of around £160m on new players.
And while the draw marginally improved their immediate situation, the fans, just as they did following the 4-0 thumping by Brighton, made their feelings clear as the full-time whistle was met with boos.
Benrahma led by example as the home side looked to put last weekend’s setback behind them, combining driving runs with several quality attempts as he became only the third player to register as many as 10 shots in a Premier League game this season.
But despite landing half of those on target, with Martinez and Young both making crucial interventions for Villa, he could not add to his spectacular penalty as the visitors held out for a point.
Things look rather different for Aston Villa since Unai Emery took charge in November, with their relegation concerns a reassuring 11 points behind them and a top-half finish within reach.
A rejuvenated Watkins has been at the forefront of their recovery, and the 27-year-old has surely put himself in contention for inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad, to be announced next week before the start of the Three Lions’ Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.
Only Marcus Rashford (10), Erling Haaland (10) and Harry Kane (8) have scored more goals in the competition than Watkins since the Premier League season resumed in December.
He expertly arrowed his header into the ground, the bounce beating Alphonse Areola, although he did miss a terrific chance to add to his tally when he shot at the West Ham goalkeeper at close range.